Devin already pointed to EW’s roundup of 2009 preview pictures in this article, but I’m surprised he didn’t use that opportunity to highlight the first still from The Year One. Co-written and directed by Harold Ramis, this is the Jack Black/Michael Cera Old Testament picture. It’s been one of my low-key interests for ’09. I liked parts of the script well enough, as did Mr. Beaks, who recorded his impressions in The Crop Report. I remember Jack Black’s good roles well enough that I’d love to see another one, and some of the supporting cast could be a lot of fun: Paul Rudd, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, David Cross, Hank Azaria and Oliver Platt.
But this photo, which definitely inspires a knee-jerk reaction, makes it look like another mugging tough sell starring Jack Black. The shot gives off a real Caveman vibe. But without Ringo, Shelly and the talented Mr. Quaid, it’s got a lot of work to do to match the glory of Carl Gottleib’s flick.